UNIVERSAL CITY, CA
Ready for a construction update from Universal Studios Hollywood? Sure you are. Let's do this!
On the Lower Lot, Super Nintendo World construction continues to expand... both up and out.
The future home of America's first Mario Kart Ride will be massive, having consumed former soundstages and backstage areas on the Lower Lot.
I love it when the kids fight. Disney's official fan club, D23, announced its 2020 event line-up today, and I couldn't get past the headliner.
Since it's not a D23 Expo year, that means 2020 will welcome another "Destination D" event at the Walt Disney World Resort. And Disney has selected an, uh, "epic" name for next year's event.
To avoid a lengthy and complicated environmental impact review, Great Escape appears poised to find a new location for its 165-foot-tall ride.
The Adirondack Outlaw is proposed to be placed in Ghost Town, near the Steamin’ Demon and the Desperado Plunge. In that area, the town can require a complex and expensive environmental impact review if rides are proposed to be taller than 135 feet.
Earlier this month, Walt Disney Imagineers and Magic Kingdom Park cast members celebrated a milestone in the construction of the TRON Lightcycle / Run attraction, when the final piece of the attraction’s ride track was lowered into place.
TRON Lightcycle / Run is a coaster-style attraction that will allow riders to board a train of two-wheeled Lightcycles for a thrilling race through the digital frontier. A similar attraction exists at Shanghai Disneyland, where it opened in 2016, and became an instant guest-favorite.
A MAN has been fatally struck by a rollercoaster at Berlin's Christmas market, say firefighters.
Fire department spokesman Jens-Peter Wilker said the man was hit by one of the carriages, and was crushed beneath it.
Firefighters were called to the busy market just after 7pm, local time, on Saturday night.
PIGEON FORGE, TN
Dollywood is expanding.
WBIR in Knoxville did some digging and says a brand-new resort is coming to the theme park.
The new hotel will have 310 rooms along with a restaurant that fits 325 people. It's slated for an area near Splash Country and DreamMore.
Planning to visit the theme parks Thanksgiving weekend? Be sure to expect crowds.
Massive rent increases may force some longtime business owners on the Coney Island Boardwalk to shutter their stores, but they’re not going away quietly.
The New York Post spoke with Dianna Carlin, aka Lola Star, who has operated a souvenir store on the boardwalk since 2001. According to Carlin, Zamperla, the Italian company that operates much of the boardwalk (including the Luna Park amusement park), plans to raise her rent five times over what she currently pays; the hikes would also affect other old-timer businesses like Ruby’s Bar & Grill and Paul’s Daughter.
Carlin was one of the business owners who pushed for the 2009 Coney Island rezoning, which established a 27-acre “urban amusement and entertainment district” and helped some of those stakeholders stay in business. Now, she says she feels “stabbed in the back and betrayed” by the current turn of events. A coalition of area stakeholders known as Save Coney Island is planning a rally on the steps of City Hall for December 2 to push back on the hikes.
Depending on how you count them, Florida’s theme parks have 23 roller coasters, not counting children’s rides. Five more are coming in the next two years.
In fact, Florida’s theme parks are in the midst of a roller coaster building spree of sorts. Between June 2018, when Slinky Dog Dash opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and October 2021, when Disney says Guardians of the Galaxy at Epcot and Tron at Magic Kingdom will have opened, the parks are adding eight new roller coasters. That’s twice as many as the parks have built in any other 3 1/2-year period.
“It’s a crazy amount of stuff happening,” said Robb Alvey, who runs the website Themeparkreview.com. The new coasters “are going to be major attractions. They draw a lot of people. ... There’s just something about thrill rides, and the roller coaster is the king of thrill rides.”
Fun Spot is adding another coaster to its Kissimmee park, and now it has a name.